July 26, 2013 - Msg 94258: And they may be right, Boo. Like I said, I haven't paid a lot of attention to it. Don't know why - it just hasn't drawn my attention for some reason. At the moment, I'm far more interested in why my crape myrtles aren't blooming very well. Now, national politics are another matter. I get all het up over that sometimes, as we all know. I suppose I should be paying attention to the grassroots things as well, because there is a "trickle-up" principle, but for some reason, that convention center thing hasn't reached me. I guess I just think they're going to do whatever they want anyway, so why get in a stew over it?

Well, Eloise and I both have errands to run, in pretty much the same places, and we're about ready for lunch, so guess I'll go get her and we'll make an afternoon of it. Blessings, all. --Romeena

July 26, 2013 - Msg 94259: I didn't do that! A good brisk breeze blew through just as I was leaving the porch. --Romeena

July 26, 2013 - Msg 94260: That's true, Ro, I certainly don't keep up with what is going on here in my own hometown. When I read the article about the situation, i was left with a question and I thought maybe you might be able to answer it. Hope it all works out for the citizens of Irving.

Well, chores to do. I set all the chores aside yesterday and the kids and I went ot a nearby town called Rockport, that is scenic and just a nice place to go for a drive. We had lunch at the Burger King and went for a drive in the country. It was nice except that we had a couple of hair-raising experiences on the highway. One could have been very, very bad. Sean was driving and we were about 15 yards behind a tractor trailer that was hauling a big truck. I have always taught Sean to stay far behind something that is hauling because you never know if they could lose their load or part of it. Suddenly the hood of the truck blew off and flew towards us. Sean, being young with good reflexes, changed lanes just in time to avoid having that thing come crashing through our windsheild. It was a real close call but I had prayed for our safety on the road and the Lord took care of us. It is a good lesson for us to be very wary of any truck that is hauling anything. You just never know if something might not be secured as well as it should be and it could be very dangerous.

Better go clean the kitchen. We are having a family get-together this weekend for my mom's birthday. I am going to make those great sloppy joes for everyone. We are keeping it simple so we won't have to work so hard. St. Susan is making coleslaw and I am making a cake. I love to cook, I just wish I had a kitchen fairy to clean it all up...


July 26, 2013 - Msg 94261: Uh, Boo, our family had several kitchen fairies. They're otherwise known as "kids." Boys or girls, didn't matter. When they complained (rarely) their dad would tell them "OK, tomorrow you can cook the meal and your mom and I will clean up." That usually settled it.

Eloise and I got our errands run, and I made the mistake of going by John's garden center, and came home with some things that need to be planted. First problem - the area where they will go will have to be weeded first. Second problem - it's hotter than Hades out there and there's no way I can do it. So, guess I'll call Joe and see if he and Jorge can come by and do it. Drat. Two years ago, I'd have yanked out those weeds, popped the flowers in the ground and been back in the house with a big glass of tea, in about an hour's time. Oh well.

Guess I'll go watch "Dragnet" and then "Adam-12", and then "Emergency!" Good shows, all of them.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

July 26, 2013 - Msg 94262: Boo, Sounds lik a a Jesus take the wheel moment...Glad everyone is safe....
A Dr. Pepper cake? I brought some Cheerwine back from N Carolina, I think I'll try your Dr, Pepper cake recipe but replace it with the Cheerwine. I'll let ya know how it works, have to go back in the archives for the recipe. You say it works better in a bunt pan?



July 26, 2013 - Msg 94263: Yes, I'll bet cheerwine would work just fine. Hope it turns out well...I would hate for you to have to waste any precious Cheerwine! ;)

Right, Ro! I think if we all sat down and ate at the same time that would be much easier. The kids are hungry and want to eat by 5 or 6 but Bruce doesn't get home until at least 5 and then has to go work on the garden, etc. He is not usually wanting to eat until at least 7 or 8, so it just usually turns out that I get stuck with most of the clean up at the end of the night. They will help if I ask, though, I jsut don't always think of it. We have talked about making a schedule, but with Sean's crazy work schedule, no sure how it would work. When fall comes and the days get shorter, we all seem to sit down together for meals because Bruce is inside and ready to eat earlier. Maybe I can get them more involved then. I put Erin to work on some extra chores today and she did well without complaining. I even had her cleaning the glass shades on the lights above the island. She cleaned and mopped the guest bathroom besides her regular chores, too.

Bruce and I are going on a date night...no, h#ll did not just freeze over. ;) Sean works this evening and i am taking Erin to St. Susan's. I think we will go try some Hatfield's BBQ. Its supposed to be some great stuff...was in the top 10 best BBQ in the Texas Monthly magazine...we'll see.


July 26, 2013 - Msg 94264: PS-G-F, We saw a big (5 foot) concrete chicken at a shop yesterday and Erin wanted to buy it and put in the chicken coop to put Bernie in his place. If it were not so expensive, I think I would have considered it!


July 26, 2013 - Msg 94265: I say, I say, Son, I just can't get thru to ya Son!....(Fog Horn Leg Horn impression).
What ya gonna do down and the Duck Pond at night? Ya can't see any ducks....
As the guy on Duck Dynasty says: " Happy, Happy, Happy!....
Just curious Boo...Is that Hatfield BBQ made by the McCoys?


July 27, 2013 - Msg 94266: Good one, G-f...I love Foghorn Leghorn!. Well, we decided not to go to Hatfields because we just weren't hungry enough for it...maybe next time. had a nice evening and a nice drive in the country.


July 27, 2013 - Msg 94267:
BOO--15 yards behind a big tractor trailer rig hauling a big truck??? On the AZ driver's test we are asked about the two second rule. Look and see when the vehicle in front of you passes a landmark, then it should take you TWO full seconds to reach that same landmark. If not, you are WAY too close, and could never stop on time if you had to stop.
Sorry, but tailgating on freeways is one of my pet peeves. OK, off my soapbox.
I hope you had a good date night. We need to do that more.
Ro, I just wrote the WH about the "phony scandals" remark by BO yesterday.
Hope everyone has a good weekend.
Where has REV and MAUDE been? APB for sure.

July 27, 2013 - Msg 94268: From England, but spot on:

July 27, 2013 - Msg 94269: Good evening, porch. MDC, all I can say about the "phony scandals" remark is this - I think our fearless leader must surely have "athlete's mouth", because his skinny little foot is in there almost every day.

As for the tailgating on the roads, I couldn't agree more. It's a big problem. That video is a good one, and makes the point very well. I like the little jingle "only a fool breaks the two second rule." Good advice.

However, I have a couple of observations. One was mentioned on the video. Just try dropping back to leave adequate space between your car and the one in front, and see how quickly some hotshot will jump in and fill up that space. There's always someone who is in a dreadful hurry, and whose business is obviously more important than yours, therefore he must get ahead of you. That's when I wish I had a rubber car, and could just bump them off the road.

The other observation is mathematical. During rush hour around here, the traffic is bumper to bumper on the main arteries leading out of downtown Dallas. It can take up to two hours for some people to get home, and that's with cars being spaced about twenty feet apart or less, on the roads. Let's assume that there's a "starting gate", and cars are allowed to leave at intervals that would put them sixty feet apart, which is technically still too close, but better than twenty. Let's also assume that there's a force field that prevents them from closing that gap. I'm not smart enough to figure out the formula that would apply here, but I am smart enough to know that it's going to take a darned sight longer to get home at that rate, and a lot of impatient people are going to be honking at the starting gate. It ain't gonna happen, folks. No one wants to be three hours or more on the road every evening. They're going to tailgate. Count on it. Oh, and just think of the smog created as all those cars are on the road for so much longer.

I think the answer lies in greater use of public transportation, but there are problems there too. First of all, in Dallas our public system is sorely limited. We have the DART lines, but they're not all that comprehensive, and once you get to the downtown station, you still have to get x-number of blocks to wherever you work. We don't have a lot of cabs, and besides, they're expensive.

Then there's the problem of the love affair that we Texans have with our cars. New Yorkers are used to using the subways, but even if we magically had a wonderful subway system that sprang up overnight, I doubt most people would use it. Maybe I'm wrong. I do use the DART system to get into downtown Dallas when I have jury duty, or when I was probating wills a few years ago, but the courthouse is within two blocks of the station. If it was on the other end of the downtown strip, I probably would have driven. It's a knotty problem, and I don't think there are any easy answers.

So glad I could be of assistance! (heehee) --Romeena

July 27, 2013 - Msg 94270: Maybe it's a good thing Boo did not go to Hatfields last night for BBQ, the History Channel had a repeat of "Hatfields & McCoys" so they may have been cranky last night and would not of had the best dinner, and they would be fighting who would do the dishes...
Sooo Boo, you guys opted to stay home and eat a pan of cashew fudge instead ;)


July 27, 2013 - Msg 94271: Thanks, MDC, but I don't know much about judging measurements, but I can assure you we were more than following the 2 second rule. I was trying to picture it by yards but obviously was way off. We never, ever tailgate...its my pet peeve, too (and its a good thing or I probably would be here to post this). :) Thank you for your concern.

No, G-F, actually we ended up meeting Bruce's brother at a fast food place because he needed to give Bruce some paperwork to fill out for their mom or something. We ended up visiting with him for nearly two hours. Not exatly how I wanted to spend the date but it was ok...had some laughs.


July 28, 2013 - Msg 94272:
Goober: "Andy, is it my fault he don't know how to drive a car? He's abused
this machine for years and now he expects me to make it new again!"
Gilley: "Don't tell me how to drive, Goober!"
Goober: "Well you drive too fast!"
Gilley: "I never got a ticket! Here's the Sheriff standin' right here. Now
ask him! Ask him! Sheriff, did ya ever give me a ticket?"
Goober: "You never got a ticket 'cause he never caught ya!"
Gilley: "That shows ya how much..."
Andy: "Hold it! Hold it! HOLD IT!!"
Goober: "And another thing - you don't let the clutch out all the way!"

The Phantom Poster :)

July 28, 2013 - Msg 94273: Oh, what a bee-yoo-ti-ful morning! Oh, what a beyoo-ti-ful day! Happy Sabbath, everyone. It's gorgeous here, hope it's the same on your end of the porch. I'm off to preaching now - will see you all later. Maybe we can make some ice cream this afternoon. I've got the peaches to swing it! --Romeena

July 28, 2013 - Msg 94274: Good Sabbath porch.
Ice cream with peaches Romeena? You had me at ice cream. I'm in! You realize of course that ice cream has medicinal benefits and therefore may be consumed without concern of calories or fat content. :)

Nice quote Phantom Poster. I can visualize the entire scene with the help of your quotes.

I'm teaching a class today in Church so I best get going. Never feel comfortable teaching but I do appreciate the personal growth I experience when I do it.

Prayers for all.


July 28, 2013 - Msg 94275:
Sounds good Boo. The "15 yards" thing scard me,
but you also did not mention the speed, so I wasn't sure.
Good Sabbath to you all also. ASA, when I have to publically speak, I recall the scripture "He does not give us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and self-control." 1Timothy I think.
Thank you JESUS! (:

July 28, 2013 - Msg 94276: You're always such a good, concerned porch borther, MDC. Thanks for that. :)

Hope all went well with Asa and his teaching.

We didn't make it to preachin' today. We over slept. :( We had a little "surprise at around 5am...There was a police officer ringing the doorbell to tell us that some drunk person had run their van into the corner of our fence and ditched the van. This is the second time in less than a year that we have been awakened at night by police officers ...remember the guy on the motorcycle that crashed in front of our place, hopped our gate and ran onto our place to escape the cops that were chasing him? Anyway, by the time we all got back to sleep, we overslept. Now I have a pain in my neck and a headache. Oh well, life goes on and I have to prepare for mom's birthday dinner this evening. We are having the family and a few friends over for her. It should be a relaxed and fun time..I just wish it wasn't so darned hot outside. The heat is horrid but the humidity makes it all the worse.

Better get movin'!


PS-Have any of you read any of the books written by Dr. Ben Carson? I am reading his autobiography right now and what an amazing person he is.

July 28, 2013 - Msg 94277: Good afternoon, porch! Gosh, Boo, what a way to start the day, with the police at your door. No, I haven't read any of Dr. Carson's books, but I'd like to. I really like him. He got on my "good guy" list when he called our fearless leader out in that speech. That was a riot! You could just see the steam rising from Obama's head. If he would run for president, I'd vote for him. Couldn't be anything but an improvement, and I believe he's a very intelligent and capable man.

"Medicinal benefits", Asa? You bet. Why, ice cream is one of the five basic food groups, isn't it? Home made ice cream, that is. Store-bought, I can take or leave, but home made? Oh, my goodness. Nothing better. And I don't do even one teeny little thing to try to make it conform to any kind of a diet. Mine has real eggs, real cream, real fruit, and real sugar in it. It's goooood!

We had a good laugh in SS this morning. Well, actually, we always do, and a lot of them, but this morning was especially fun. We were going down the list of who had just had a knee replacement, a hip replacement, a pacemaker put in, and on and on. Finally, we decided we need to rename our class "The Bionic Women." What's so amazing about them, is how rapidly they recover. Our teacher had a knee replacement three weeks ago, and she taught last week and again this week. A member had knee surgery two weeks ago, and was in class this morning. Another member had a hip replacement a year or so ago, and she was back in class, on a walker, on the tenth day after surgery. These are old gals, all at least 60. The new knee surgery that was there this morning is 81. Amazing.

A group of us went to WhatABurger after church and had lunch. That junior burger, with everything on it, is just right. Good, and enough without being too much. I've quit getting the big old full-size burgers. Sonic makes a junior burger for 1.49, and it's really good!

Well, I feel a nap coming on. Guess I'll go cuddle up with Toye Starr, watch a little TV, and snooze for a while. It's a great life! --Romeena

July 28, 2013 - Msg 94278: REV...REV....Shout out to REV, Hope all is well!

Whataburger, One could look at that a few different ways...Like a question, What? a burger, as opposed to another flat slab of meat on a bun. Or as an exclamation, "What a Burger!" as a vote of approval to the exact preparation of the beefly flesh...As opposed to just saying "MEAT"!
Curious, Just curious.....

Asa, Did you teach about Sin?


July 28, 2013 - Msg 94279: It's all in the punctuation, G-F. :) By the way, did you try that cake with Cheerwine? I made a dr pepper cake using the chocolate cake mix for mom's birthday and everyone raved about it. It was very good.

Great name for your sunday school class, Ro! hehe

Well, I'm TIRED! We had a nice birthday celebration here for mom but after its all over, I want to colapse. I need to get in the shower and then curl up with a good book...or THE good book. Talk to you all tomorrow.


July 29, 2013 - Msg 94280: Good morning my porch dwelling buddies. I hope the new week finds youj all healthy, wealthy, and wise.

Well Boo, I thought I was prepared to make your sloppy joe meal. My last trip to the store I made sure to buy the ingredients you listed, the garlic cloves, the green peppers, the brown sugar. Got it all except for one item that I done forgot. The ground beef! Can you believe that? I had some frozen patties in the freezer that I considered using, but decided not to. So I warmed up a frozen pizza instead. What a let down. But by the time I realized I had forgotten the main ingrdient, I was in no frame of mind to cook anyway. I have discovered if I'm not in a good mood when I cook, it all goes downhill from there. Often when I try cooking and things don't go as planned, I can go from a good mood to a sour one pretty quick. But if I start off already in a bad mood, the meal doesn't stand much of a chance. I suppose you good cooks are just the opposite. You can whip up a good meal and boost your mood. But for me, it's like pouring gasoline on hot coals. I know. I'm fickle. But that's just the way it is. And if I step out of the box (and my box is pretty small where cooking is concerned) and things don't work out real well, I get real disgusted with myself and will not try that meal again. For example, I tried a meatloaf a while back. Pretty big deal for me, and it wasn't good at all. I got pretty upset with myself and haven't done another one since. I may make another attempt when winter gets here, but the second attempt better at least be edible, or I will give up on meatloaf.
Glad you had a nice birthday party for our Mom.

Hey G-F, Yep, Sin, or lack of doing it was my topic. Actually it was on obeying the commandments. It went pretty good I think. We have one "highly educated" feller in the group, who often thinks outside the box, and poses questions that makes you go huh? But I ain't proud to admit my ignorance and pass it on to the rest of the class to try an answer.

The "Bionic Women" class. I like it Romeena. It is amazing the technology that exists in the medical world, isn't it. The procedure I had done recently, went very well, was very minor in terms of invasivness, and wasn't even an option all that many years ago. My concern is as we socialize medical care in this nation, what is that going to do for research and development in the medical world.
Well I woke up sneezing and my nose running like a water tap. Not sure if it's allergies or a cold. I suspect allergies cause I never felt a cold coming on like I usually do. Hope that's what it is. I hate summer colds. I don't mind regular colds, but I hate summer colds. ;)

Well better get moving. Runny nose notwithstanding!

Prayers for all.


July 29, 2013 - Msg 94281: Hey.
I'm asked for prayer for my broth who is in a coma!
His family say he was fine thu and Friday but wind sat came he was not himself he is a di?


July 29, 2013 - Msg 94282: Prayers for your brother, Tom.

Hope everyone has a good Monday-love to all!

possum u.a.r.

July 29, 2013 - Msg 94283: Well Lydia..uh, I mean Asa, hope its allergies. ;) Sorry your sloppy joes never materialized, but those ingredients will keep for awhile, just pick up some ground beef on your next trip to the store and try it when you are feeling in the mood to. I think I can relate to what you are saying...sometimes I really hate to cook. I have to do it so often that it becomes a drag. I made a bunch of the sloppy joe stuff yesterday for mom's birthday and to me, it just wasn't as good when I tried to double up the recipe. Everyone seemed to like it, though.

I am very sorry to hear about your brother, TOM. I will certainly pray for him.

Better get moving...going to take Erin to the library. She is finally showing an interest in books (!)


July 29, 2013 - Msg 94284: By the way, I keep in contact with Mavis and Mavis has a best friend who has a 31 year old son with CP and is in a wheelchair. They are on a campaign to raise money to buy the young man a wheelchair accesible van, which he really needs. His mom is a wonderful, devoted single mom because his dad passed away back in '96. She shows the kind of love that will go to h*ll and back to help her son and she is very reluctantly asking for help to improve the quality of her boy's life. He is often stuck in the house or has to use public transportation, which is a nightmare for him. I am going to send her a check today to try to help her meet her goal for the van. If anyone else would like to contribute, you can contact Mavis on facebook or let me know and I can pass along the address. This is no scam and all donations go right to where it is needed.


July 29, 2013 - Msg 94285: Good morning, porch! Asa, would it encourage you at all to know that I have never been able to make a decent meatloaf? I love it, and I've tried all sorts of recipes, but they never turn out to my liking. Oh, they're edible, but they're just not "gooood!" Mediocre meatloaf is pretty depressing. Also, you're absolutely right. Cooking is at least 25% "mood." Yes, it does perk me up to get in there and cook, unless I'm too tired, and then my back starts hurting, and it's hard to get in a good mood when that happens. The main ingredient in anything you cook is "love", and when you don't feel well, or when you're cooking just for yourself, sometimes that ingredient just isn't in the pantry!

Mr. TOM, did you say your brother is a diabetic? I'm hoping he's in the hospital. If he's in a diabetic coma, he is in a very dangerous situation. Please keep us posted on how he's doing.

'd like to ask for prayer for my cousin. She's in her early 60s, and just had surgery for breast cancer. She's now about to begin radiation therapy and chemo, and is understandably a little apprehensive about it. She's a Christian, and is trusting the Lord, but it's still scary. I know it was for me, all those years ago. Her name is Faith, and she would appreciate your prayers.

Well, I need to run a few errands. I left Toye Starr's eye drops in Fredbg, so have to run to her vet and pick up another bottle. Her big old pretty eyes occasionally start to water a lot, and the tears have a yeasty odor. A drop in each eye, and the problem is solved, doesn't return for a week or two. She sits very still and lets me put the drops in without any fuss, so I think maybe her eyes are itchy at the time and she knows the drops help. I don't like for my baby to be uncomfortable!

Well, off I go. Later, taters. --Romeena

July 29, 2013 - Msg 94286: Boo, thanks for the notice about Mavis's friend. I can't do much but will be happy to send what I can. --Romeena

July 29, 2013 - Msg 94287: No Boo, I have not tried the "Cheerwine" cake yet, alot going on right now but I DO have the Cheerwine to swing it tho...("I'll save a can")out of my stash!

Prayers to TOM & his Brother....


July 29, 2013 - Msg 94288: I sent you an email with the address, Ro.


July 29, 2013 - Msg 94289: By the way, Ro, we tried the first of our cantaloupes from the garden and they are very sweet! :)


July 29, 2013 - Msg 94290: "It's me, it's me, it's Ernest T!" (:

July 29, 2013 - Msg 94291: Asa, here is a crockpot meatloaf recipe that will work for you...give it a shot:
2 lb. ground beef
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3/4 cup of milk
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
3 slices of bread, torn into small pieces
1 package of Lipton onion soup mix
1/2 cup of ketchup
Mix eggs, milk, pepper, and bread crumbs and let sit for while to moisten, then combine with ground beef, onion soup and ketchup...have to use your hands, of course. Mound into greased crockpot. mix another 1/2 or so cup of ketchup with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and spread over the top of meatloaf. Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours.


July 30, 2013 - Msg 94292: Good evening, porch. Boo, that recipe looks good. It's different from what I've made in the past. I'll be giving it a try, because I really do like meatloaf. I just never make it because it always turns out so - well, not really bad - just mediocre, I guess.

I'm glad your cantaloupes are good. I was reading about the ones from Pecos, TX, and the article mentioned that there was a lot of potassium in the soil in that area, and that's what makes them so sweet. I wonder if you can get a fertilizer that's high in potassium??

Well, guess I'll go watch "Perry Mason", and then head for bed. Joe and Jorge are coming in the morning, so I'll have to get up early. They usually get here a little before nine. Blessings, porch! --Romeena

R.I.P. Kidd Kraddick

July 30, 2013 - Msg 94293: Hey.
what a nice day it not to hot it just right.
Romeena he is a diabeti but he did not no it to he was in the hosp last monty.
now for update he has multiple stokes in a week to about half and how is having seizures, he is ot filling awaken yet. so keep me brother Richrad in your all prayer


July 30, 2013 - Msg 94294: TOM, your brother's condition sounds very serious. We will certainly keep him in our prayers. Now I have to ask you - is Richard the only diabetic in your family? I'm sure you know that a tendency to develop diabetes runs in families, so now wish your brother having it, and especially if there are other family members who have it, you need to be very watchful for yourself. You probably already know this, but one of the signs you might notice would be feeling thirsty all the time, and passing urine frequently. If you notice those things, get a doctor to check your blood sugar. Your brother has apparently had it for quite some time, for it to have become so bad that he went into a coma. In that period of time, a lot of physical damage can be done. The earlier diabetes is discovered and brought under control, the better. Anytime you go to a doctor for any reason, tell them that there is diabetes in your family. They should ask, but if they don't, then you tell them. We don't want you getting sick!

Well, Joe and Jorge will be here momentarily, and I left dishes in the sink. Guess I'd better go finish loading the dishwasher and get it running. By the way, that Bosch dishwasher I bought when my old one died, is a jim-dandy. I really, really like it. It gets the dishes sparkling clean, and it runs so quietly that I have to look for the sentinel light to even know when it's working. I bought it on sale at Lowe's, put it on a six-month, no-interest plan and paid it off. Can't beat a deal like that!

OK, I'm gone. See you folks later. --Romeena

July 30, 2013 - Msg 94295: Uh, make that "so now with your brother having it." Wish? What was I thinking? Sometimes I think my fingers have a mind of their own. --Romeena

July 30, 2013 - Msg 94296: hey
ROMEENA diabetes run in the family on me mother size and heart to !
Out of the five of us Richrad and Sara have diabetes, Sara, Mike and I have up blood, and Mike and Richrad bad heart and last one have nun of it so he say.
I have blood work dong one a year and have not see sig of it.


July 30, 2013 - Msg 94297: According to my sources tomorrow is Boo's B-Day! Maybe I'll make her a Cheerwine cake and she can go out on her porch swing and have a chunk of it. Just have to keep the flies off of it..
(Shoo Fly....He's dead)....Sorry I messed up the recipe, it call for 1 cup of water, must not have had my glasses on and I put white vinegar in it instead...What a waste of a can of Cheerwine.
Maybe I should have made one of those crock pot meatloaf cakes with ketchup for icing it sounds good too! With a BIG "29" on top ..Right? ;)


July 30, 2013 - Msg 94298: Happy birthday to possum !

July 30, 2013 - Msg 94299: Today is Possum's birthdsy? Well Happy Birthday to Possum Under a Rock! Hope it's a good one.

Tom, Prayers indeed for your Brother Richard. That is scary. And glad you get checked regular like.

That sounds like a good recipe Boo. I'll give her a shot for sure.

Well Romeena, I do feel a little better that a cook of your stature struggles with meatloaf too.

G-F, I was so mad this morning, and I'm sure you can relate. I was pulling about 140' of wire. 9 wires in a 3/4" conduit, by myself. Mostly a straight run, only two 90's in it. I was very happy when I saw the wire appear in the junction box. When I went back to the box I started with, there was only 8 wires. Dag blame it, I must have had only 130' of red #12. Had to rip it all out and start with a new roll. Let me tell ya, the veins was a poppin outta my neck and my jaw muscles was a working something fierce!

Well better go see what I can muster up for dinner. Sounds like a bowl of cereal night maybe. To durn tired and hot to do much else.

Prayers for all, and Happy Birthday to Boo tomorrow just in case I don't get a chance to drop by.


July 30, 2013 - Msg 94300: Asa, Yep, hate when that happens..is that sorta like trying to put 10lbs. of taters in a five pound bag? Or a inch is good as a mile?
Cereal, it's not just for breakfast anymore...I do that a lot too. Shredded mini wheat's is what I had for a evening snack last night. Were you "Cookoo for Cocoa Puffs?"
As a kid I used to make "Space Food" from Life cereal. I'd put some in a baggie and crush it with Mom's rolling pin and add just enough milk to make it like tooth paste and I'd cut a corner out of the baggie and squeeze it out like the Astronauts did. Yes gang, I was a study way back then too...But, a innovative thinker yet the same...


July 30, 2013 - Msg 94301: Thanks, G-F! Yes, make me a cyber-cake, but leave out the vinegar. ;)

Thanks for the wishes, Asa. I will be 51 tomorrow and proud of it. Now stop workin' your jaw muscles..."You want your face to freeze that-a way?!".

Happy Birthday to Possum Poo!!

I had a busy day today. Sean's appointment went really well. We had a discussion with the phychiatrist about the new med he has been taken. It has changed everything for Sean..great stuff. It's called D-e-p-l-i-n (I was afraid if I spelled it out the censor might catch me or something. Doc told me today that he has a young man for a pt who has had severe OCD and nothing was helping him until he tried this med. He is normal now and has his life back. Just mentioned it in case any of you know anyone with depression/anxiety/OCD. It is not exactly a drug, but a supplement...some sort of folic acid that helps the brain to absorb seratonin.

Well, trying to decide what to do on my birthday tomorrow...maybe I'll let the laundry go and do something fun. Not sure what, though.

Any suggestions?


July 30, 2013 - Msg 94302:
ASA- can we quote what you said in Opie's newspaper? ha
BOO and TOM- Prayers indeed being lifted up as I type!
POSSUM- we're all going to get sticks and make you come out from under that rock for your BD! lol
Racing in Bristol this week!
G-F- Love it! Barney would have a field day with you and ink blots! (:
And Happy birthday BOO!
Prayers for all,

July 31, 2013 - Msg 94303: hi


July 31, 2013 - Msg 94304: Happy Birthday to all who had 'em! I've lost count!

Laaww, G-F, I'm glad I wasn't assigned to raise you! I'll bet you were a double handful, or as my dad would have said, a dee-waw-dilly! Space food! Actually, my dad would probably have encouraged that. He was the one who taught my children, one by one, to lick their finger and stick it in the sugar bowl, then lick the sugar off. I used to wonder why the sugar would sometimes have little hard, lumpy pellets in it, and then one day I caught him teaching my daughter how to do it. Yuck! He's have hollered at me or my brother, but he taught my kids to do it.

Well, it's very late, and I think I'll go to bed. It was a bit of a long day, with Joe and Jorge here, but the yard sure does look better. Weeds are gone, flowers in their place, at least a few anyway. Not many flowers around to buy or plant, this time of year.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

July 31, 2013 - Msg 94305: Good morning all! Stopping by to say "Thanks!" for the birthday wishes. I had a nice day. Now it's Boo's turn- Happy Birthday Boo!! Much love!

Prayers continue for Tom's brother.

Y'all take care-act like somebody,ya hear?!

possum under a rock

July 31, 2013 - Msg 94306: Hi All.
Will it going to rain all day rat.
My brother daughter update is he is a woke up but can not see, he did not no her name, the stokes and seizures are coming more and more everyday
He keep calleding out for his family and his mom.
the stokes have effected his whole brain.

Unhappy TOM :(

July 31, 2013 - Msg 94307: Morning porch,just stopping by for a check point chickie.

Sorry to hear about your brother TOM, will say a prayer for him, you and your family.

happy birthday to BOO today. hope you have a great day.

we have rain on my end of the porch, temperatures have been cooler though which is a good thing.

things are doing pretty good on my end of the porch for now. My business partner is recovering from his surgery and seems to be doing well. They were able to remove all of the cancer. he will be off work for the next 2 weeks but should be back by August 15th. thanks for your prayers.

well, guess I had better get to work.

Prayers and blessings all around.

Big Maude

July 31, 2013 - Msg 94308: Sorry Possum, I did not know it was your B-Day too. Have Boo wack a chunk off of that Cheerwine cake and send it out your way. Cheerwine, Yea, that what I'm talkin about!! Getting back to the Space Food thing, they have all other kinds of things in squeeze packets now why not cereal? Maybe I should work on that concept, Squeezable CooCoo Puffs? Tube-o-Trix? I can market them as "Goobs Tubes"? Oh by the way MDC when they asked me what I saw on the ink blots picture I said: "It looks like some one spilled some ink on a piece of paper to me"...Think about it for a second...No reason to overanalyze the situation. Am I right or am I right?..I say, I say, REV talk to us Son, we need to hear from ya Son... Goober-Fife

July 31, 2013 - Msg 94309: Oh, G-F, you're my kind of guy. You are so right. No need to overanalyze a lot of things, but we do. You and Asa both have a straight-on way of looking at things that I admire, and you both temper it with a generous dose of humor. Can't beat that!

Oh, my goodness! A male cardinal just landed outside my window, and he's either a very newly-fledged juvenile, or somebody just beat the stuffin' out of him! His tail looks pretty good, but the rest of him is a mess. His feathers are all rough and in disarray, with little clumps of fuzzy feathers sticking out. This is what makes me think he may be a juvenile. He has a crest, but it contains exactly six ratty little feathers! They are so sparse I was actually able to count them. I'm going to put out some sunflower seeds, to keep him coming back, so I can watch and see if he improves. Maybe I'll even put some on the window ledge. If he goes after them, that will put him within about three feet of me, and in good camera range. He didn't appear injured, just roughed up. If he's been in a fight, I'd hate to see the other guy!

A beautiful mama cardinal just came by and landed near the rough-ed up bird. That makes me think he's a juvenile, and mama is still looking after him. It's so much fun to watch all these little critters.

Mr. TOM, I would bet that your brother has had diabetes for a very long time, he just didn't know it. It sounds like it has done a lot of damage, and now with the strokes and seizures, more damage is being done. No question about it, his condition is very serious. Prayers for him, my friend, and for you.

Gotta run. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

July 31, 2013 - Msg 94310: "rough-ed up"? I think I need to go back to bed. I meant "roughed-up", of course. --Romeena

July 31, 2013 - Msg 94311: Hi porch!

Just stopping by for a quick visit. Not feeling to great-still can't feel my feet (testing next month) and husband still without a job. Now I have a cold. :(

Tom, prayers for your brother

I hope you've had a great birthday, Boo.


July 31, 2013 - Msg 94312:
Well hello porch family....it's been a while. After a 23 hour drive Monday I'm home. Rested up today. It was a great tour. Get to be local now for a couple weeks....yeehaw :)

Mr. Tom....Prayers for your brother!

Happy Birthday Boo....pray you have a great day!

I think I missed Possum's birthday yesterday so....Happy Late Birthday Possum!

It's so good to be home with my family. Little Jake went crazy and I'm getting all kinds of kisses now. He'll be laying on the floor and just get up and hop up in my chair and start kissing...lol It's as if he is saying..."O Pappy I'm so glad you're home" :)

You all have a very good night and sleep good.
Love and prayers

July 31, 2013 - Msg 94313: Boo, being 51 now means you peaked at 50, those of us that are over 50 can look at it 2 ways, we can look at it as it's all down hill from here. OR we can look at it like walking up a hill, it takes a lot of effort especially as you get close to the top you are almost plum tuckered out. Now as we start to go down the hill it takes a lot less effort. You just have to watch out so you don't fall on your face!....I hope this makes you feel better being 51 now ;)

REV glad to hear you had a good tour, "Doggie Kisses" sounds like a new song to me..
Just don't make it as mushy as "Butterfly Kisses" that one make me cry! You being a Daddy, you can relate I'm sure. Speaking of that how you doing since your Daughter got married?
Do you take Jake with you on tours sometimes? You two can sing Barney favorite song...Acappella, Acappella...


July 31, 2013 - Msg 94314: Thanks for all the birthday wishes!! It was a good day. Bruce took the day off so I could have a day to do what i wanted. I slept in, went to visit with my mom and my sister for while, did a little shopping, and then had dinner out with some friends. Now I will curl up with a good book. :)

Good to see you on the porch REV! Glad you are doing well.

G-F, I think it started downhill by the time I turned 40! ;)


August 01, 2013 - Msg 94315:
REV- good to see you and that the tour went well!
G-F--you're a treasa!
RO- Glad to see that your gov signed that bill!
Thank you Jesus.
MAUDIE--glad your colleague is doing better.
Lucy-prayers still a rising for ya.
TOM- God bless you and yours.
Ya all have a good evening,

August 01, 2013 - Msg 94316: Hi All.
Boy it look like this week has not no good new for me/
Will you all prayer for me brother Marty and my s n l SHE JUST LAST HER TEP DAD Wed.

August 01, 2013 - Msg 94317: Morning Porch.

My goodness Tom, you are having a rough time. I will be sure to include you and your family in my prayers friend. Lean on the Lord Tom. He will always be there to help share the load. And remember, he will never burden you with more than you can carry. I know it maybe doesn't seem like it at the time, but that's why He is there for you.
Prayers friend.

Good to see you Rev. Glad your tour went well and you get some unwind time now at home and with the family.


August 01, 2013 - Msg 94318: Oh, and glad to hear your partner at work is doing so well Big Maude.


August 01, 2013 - Msg 94319: So sorry to hear it, TOM. Asa gave you good advice. Remember your porch friends are here, too.

I slept well last night for the first time is awhile so now I feel ready to catch up with what didn't get done on my day off yesterday. Bruce put up a bunch of okra in the freezer for me yesterday, which was a big help. I was dreading having to do that today. Well, better get started. Hope you all are having a great day. Last night I dreamt that i was taking a cross-country trip with a cat and a big red dog strapped to the hood of my car? (what?!)??


August 01, 2013 - Msg 94320: Good morning, porch! TOM, I'm sorry to hear of the latest problems in your family. Seems like you're all going through a very rough patch right now. As Asa said, just keep leaning on the Lord.

Boo, I hope you had goggles or some other eye protection on the cat and the big red dog. That's dangerous! They could catch a bug or something in their eye, riding on the hood like that! At least you were traveling at night, so maybe they didn't get too hot. (teehee)

I've got the strangest little squirrel in the back yard. He's been back there for quite a while, actually I think he's one of the last batch that grew up back there. He's a funny looking little fellow. When I first noticed him, what caught my attention was his tail. Instead of being squirrel-tail color, it was straw-colored, looked dry and brittle, but the hair was quite long and thick. It just didn't match the rest of him. Now, that dry, straw-colored hair is receding toward the end of his tail. The proximal half (the part nearest his body) is normal color, and the dead-looking stuff still covers the distal half. That hair is much longer and thicker, and the half near his body is much shorter and smoother than normal squirrel-tail hair. Basically, no part of his tail looks like it should, and his tail looks like it was put together out of spare parts. Very odd.

Well, gotta run. Several errands to take care of, and I need to do some grocery shopping. I've had canned soup three nights in a row now, and am getting a bit tired of it. (OK, a lot tired of it.) Maybe I'll try a meat loaf.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

August 01, 2013 - Msg 94321: Boo you better lay off those squeezin's before you go to bed. Maybe that Cheerwine cake was laying a little heavy on your stomach?

Romeena I have just 1 thing to say about eating all that soup...."BABES!".....Just do it!


August 01, 2013 - Msg 94322:
Howdy porch family....More rain here in SC today. They are saying it going to be nice tomorrow.

G-F...."Butterfly Kisses" was the father/daughter dance at the wedding.....we both had leaky eyes:)
Jake has never gone on the road with me because I don't want to leave him in the motorhome by himself during the concerts. It's just too risky....if power would happen to go out in the motorhome it would get VERY hot in there fast.

Spot....man our Braves are smoking hot.....loving it!

Tom....continued prayers buddy!

Gonna hit the bed...You all have a goodnight.
Love and prayers

August 01, 2013 - Msg 94323: Thanks, G-F..I'll lay off the squeezins tonight. :)

I made breakfast for supper tonight and it was great! Good eatin'! No canned soup for me.

Hmmm..wonder what the deal is with the squirrel's tail, Ro...can't imagine. I saw the cutest video of a porrcupine today. He was in captivity due to an injury or something and had been there quite awhile, apparently. He stayed up high on a beam and there was a basket tied to the beam by a cord. His caretaker would put fruit in the basket and he would pull it up hand-over-hand and make the cutest little talking noises. I had no idea they were so cute and smart. It was really something to see. I will try to find it on youtube and post the link here. You really have to see it.


August 01, 2013 - Msg 94324:
REV- DBacks just traded our best pitcher to the Padres!
I don't get it.
TOM- my goodness, yes, cast all your cares on the Lord buddy. My prayers are also with you.
BOO- sometimes melatonin will give me "Go ask Alice" type dreams. It may have been that.
OH, and this is for real...I saw Andy Griffith on a Mod Squad on Me-TV last Sunday! too funny.
Have a good evening,

August 01, 2013 - Msg 94325: Where's Gage and Desoto when ya need 'em?

August 02, 2013 - Msg 94326: I wasn't taking Melatonin, MDC..it was probably the rich food I had at my birthday dinner, I imagine. :) Andy on Mod Squad? wow...don't remember that.

Here is that link to the porcupine video, Ro:



August 02, 2013 - Msg 94327: Morning porch family.....sun is shining here in my neck of the porch. Nice! But better than that is the SON is shining on all of us!

MDC...man a lot of the trades these teams make I don't understand. I just hope the Braves can keep it up. They are 11 1/2 games ahead in their division.

You all have a Jesus filled day!
Love and prayers

August 02, 2013 - Msg 94328: Here's one for ya gang. Yogi... he's not your average bear! I guess with the sequester cut-backs at the National Parks even the bears are desperate and have to find creative ways to survive.



August 02, 2013 - Msg 94329: Good morning, porch! What a beautiful day it is here. Gonna be hot, but it sure is pretty right now.

Those two videos are great! I had no idea that porcupines were so vocal. That little fellow just "talked" up a storm! The inflection in the sounds he made really made it sound like speech. Too cute! As for the dumpster bear, his behavior and body mechanics are so human-like it was just spooky. I expected him to whip out a napkin and a knife and fork to eat whatever was in the dumpster.

Well, gotta run. Eloise and I have appointments for pedicures, and then tonight we play bunco. I do enjoy those pedicures, but quite honestly, I wouldn't be spending money on that if I had a choice. With my back surgeries, I can't quite bend around to get to my toes with any degree of precision, and my diabetes doc suggested I should get professional pedicures, rather than risk whacking away with clippers in the hit-or-miss fashion that's all I can manage. That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it!

G-F, your "BABE'S" suggestion sounds good. I'll be going out there on September 17, because Eloise and I always do. Our little grandson is buried in a little private, rural cemetery just outside Roanoke, where the original Babe's is located. On his birthday, we always go out there. I gather a bag of rose petals from the bushes in the yard, and we scatter them over Logan's tiny grave. We have our little "moment" there, and then head into Roanoke and have lunch at Babe's. I'll likely go again when REV is here in October, if he wants to go. I tell you for sure, it's some gooo-ood fried chicken!

OK, I'm off. Blessings, friends! --Romeena